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Theresa's Version - Michigan 2011 (Copy)

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S: Michigan Vacation - July 1, 2011 - July 11, 2011

BC: Made with Love by Laura & a few extras by Theresa

FC: Michigan Vacation July 1, 2011 - July 11, 2011

1: Michigan Vacation July 1, 2011 - July 11, 2011 Rob, Laura, Ryan & Jenna Gearhart Bob & Theresa Carlson | For the Gearharts vacation started out with turbo problems with the truck and a flat tire on the camper within the first three hours of take off. Despite the problems, we made it to Munising, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula the evening of July 1, 2011. | The Gearharts stayed in their trusty camper and Bob & I stayed in hotels throughout Michigan. The scenery was beautiful with the Great Lakes, waterfalls, the vineyards and the cherry orchards. It was a wonderful trip with a good time had by all.

2: July 1, 2011 Munising had beautiful water falls but we thought the mosquitoes were going to pick us up and carry us away. Gotta LOVE bug spray! | Ryan leaving Big Foot's Cave!

3: Ryan with an up close and personal view of the Munising Falls. Off the beaten path, so to speak.

4: July 1, 2011 Lake Superior at sunset Perfect weather, beaches and scenery. Who could ask for more?

5: Rob & Bob were closer than ever!

6: Christmas, Michigan Santa Claus Ryan Theresa Jenna Munising was just a hop, skip and a jump from Christmas so we had to check it out. Santa was there to welcome us to town.

7: July 2, 2011 We got up in the morning and took a "Glass Bottom Boat Shipwreck Tour" on Lake Superior. Lots of shipwrecks seen through the clear water of Lake Superior. The East Channel Lighthouse was beautiful. Lots of fun in the sun!

8: Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tour Boat | Great Scenery on our vacation!

9: This Gentlemen chose to make a Frightening Fashion Statement with his Boxers and Fanny Pack!!! (Must say he did make a memorable impression!)

10: July 2, 2011 St. Ignace, Michigan | Lots of sand, water & beautiful scenery. Bob & I had a view of Lake Huron from our hotel and the Gearharts had a view of Lake Michigan right outside of their KOA campground at St. Ignace.

11: Lake Huron | Lake Michigan | Background photo was take from our hotel room.

12: Mackinac Island, Michigan July 3, 2011 We took the Star Line Ferry over to the island and took the carriage tour. It then dropped us off at Fort Mackinac where we finished our tour on foot. Fort Mackinac served as a military outpost for the British and later American soldiers from 1780 to 1895. It would be fun to return to the Island some day to tour it on bicycles.

13: Arch Rock Mackinac Island

14: Mackinac Island

16: Happy 25th Anniverary Theresa & Bob July 3, 2011 Courtesy of Mackinac Bar & Grill | Cost of this FREE Anniversary cake! $11.00

17: The Mackinac Bridge is 26,372 feet long and has a height of 552 feet above the water. The bridge was built to withstand the rigors of wind and ice. It connects Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas at the Straits of Mackinac. We crossed the bridge at St. Ignace headed towards Traverse City, MI. | July 4, 2011

19: July 4, 2011 We stopped by the Leelanau Winery to taste some Michigan wine on our way to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse. It was a scenic drive with all of the cherry groves and vineyards in the area. It was unanimous by all of the adults - Iowa wine wins! | It does appear everywhere we stopped had a photo op!

20: July 4, 2011 The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is located at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula near Northport, Michigan. It marks the entrance from Lake Michigan to the Grand Traverse Bay. It is located in Leelanau State Park. The view of Lake Michigan was amazing. We all had to put our feet in the water.

22: National Cherry Festival Traverse City, Michigan | July 4, 2011 | Traverse City Fireworks*

23: July 5, 2011 Little Sable Lighthouse stands 115 feet high, the tallest lighthouse on Lake Michigan and is visible for 19 miles. It has been in operation since 1874. It is a guardian to ships that pass the Silver Lake Sand Dunes at Mears, Michigan.

24: We climbed the Little Sable Point Lighthouse Rob, Jenna, Ryan, Bob & Laura | Hi Theresa!

25: Fun | Summer | Beach

27: July 5, 2011 Mini Golf at Mears, Michigan

28: WELCOME TO SILVER LAKE SAND DUNES | July 5, 2011 We took the Parrots Landing Sunset Cruise and had a blast riding on the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. Our drivers were Rob, Bob and Ryan.

30: Silver Lake Sand Dunes | Excitement | Sand | Smiles | Laughs | Adventure | Memories

33: July 6, 2011 | Little Sable Point Lighthouse for more fun in the sun!

34: The Need for Speed... | The Fans! | Ready, Set, GO!

35: The Final Lap... | Start your engines... | July 6, 2011 | STOP

36: Bumper Boats for all the KIDS!

37: The Silver Lake Sand Dunes at Sunset. The view from our Hotel for 2 days.

38: Climbing the Dunes at Silver Lake at Sunset July 6, 2011 | Beautiful neighborhood to live in but the dunes will eventually take over the neighborhood. | There are houses under these dunes! Great location until the wind blows & mother nature takes over!

39: Amazing view of the dunes and Lake Michigan!

40: Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum Muskegon, MI July 7, 2011 | Muskegon is known as"West Michigan's Port City"and since its beginning it has played a vital role in Lake Michigan shipping. It has great beaches, parks and museums including the Silversides, a WWII submarine.

41: Thank a Sailer!

42: July 7 - 8, 2011 | Christmas All Year Long!

43: Time to Shop! | A Visit with Norman & Carlolyn McElwain from Iowa

44: Bronner's | Frankenmuth Michigan | Fun | Good Times!

45: Best Store Ever! | All Ladies Must See!

46: Michigan Firehouse Museum Ypsalanti, MI July 8, 2011

47: Car Museum Ypsalanti, MI July 8, 2011 | Home of the Fabulous Hudson Hornet

48: July 9, 2011 A not so funny thing happened on the way to the Henry Ford Museum. Our van was hit on the side by another driver on I-94. No one was hurt, just another Griswold moment. Yet another photo op that just happened along the way.

49: Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village Dearborn, Michigan July 9, 2011

50: <--- 1903 Packard "Old Pacific" Runabout | 1931 Bugatti Royale Type 41 ---> | <---1959 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper | 1968 Mercury Cougar --->

51: <--- Dwight D Eisenhower's Bubble top 1950 Lincoln | <--- Kennedy Continental 1961 Lincoln In November 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated while riding in this car through the streets of Dallas, Texas.

52: ---> 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang was unveiled by Ford Motor Company on April 17, 1964. | ---> President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in this rocking chair on April 14, 1865 at Ford's Theater during a production of Our American Cousin.

53: Rosa Parks was a quiet, soft-spoken woman who worked as a seamstress in a local department store. But she also worked with local civil rights groups. She had training in the community action from a school in Tennessee. So when the time came to take a stand, she was well prepared. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded this Montgomery City bus to go home from work. On this bus that day, she initiated a new era in the American quest for freedom and equality.

54: One of the most identifiable icons of modern marketing. The Wiener mobile is a nostalgic example of promotional brilliance. | Last stop before leaving the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Jenna, Rob and Ryan are still smiling. A good time had by all.

56: Bass Pro Shop Portage, Indiana

58: 1 of my favorite memories from vacation was just taking it easy & playing cards at our hotel! | Happy 25th Bob! | Love, Theresa

59: July 10, 2011 We began our journey back to Iowa. A last visit to see Lake Michigan in Gary Indiana. Not something we'd recommend. 1st time the water wasn't clear. We made the best of it & it gave Laura and I a reason to sing "Gary Indiana." The Gearharts stayed for the night in Portage, Indiana at a Jellystone Park. & we stayed at our last hotel. We were all anxious to get back home. July 11, 2011 We made it back to our real world - Iowa! Home Sweet Home! | Iowa

61: A Special Thank You To The Gearhart Family! Thanks For The Memories!!! Our Vacation With You Holds A Special Place In My Heart! Love You!!! Theresa

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